A new farmers’ market could be setting up in Picton next month.
On Thursday, the committee of the whole carried a motion that would see a weekly farmers’ market operating on Sundays at 4 Lake Street next to the LCBO.
Currently the Agrarian Market operates a specialty fine foods and local grocery store in that area and owner Patricia McDermott would like to see that expanded to an adjacent piece of property near the entrance of the Millennium Trail owned by the County.
McDermott explained the Picton market would offer residents and tourists the opportunity to buy locally grown produce. There is also the chance to sell products such as soaps made from locally grown products. She said her main goal is to support the local farmers and make sure they have an outlet to reach as many residents and tourists as possible.
Mayor Robert Quaiff said it’s a great idea because there is a lack in farmers’ market locations throughout the County. He pointed to when Bill Scott used to run a farmers’ market at the same location.
The intent is to have it running with 30 vendors from Victoria Day long weekend until Thanksgiving.
Licensing and fee agreements are still being worked out by McDermott and staff.
A final decision with a report on licensing will come back to council at the next meeting.